General & Cosmetic Dentistry
A beautiful smile makes a lasting impression! Even if you are not born with a perfect smile, you can have one with the right cosmetic procedure. There are a number of procedures available and every patient is unique. Dr. Mize is a talented cosmetic dentist who can recommend the best treatment plan to give you the smile you’ve always wanted!
Cosmetic bonding repairs cracks or flaws on the tooth by covering it with a composite resin. Once it had hardened, the color and shape of the tooth is restored. Cosmetic bonding can be used to cover stains, fill in gaps and repair chips.
A porcelain crown is a covering that fits over the entire surface of the tooth. It strengthens the tooth and improves the appearance. Porcelain has a very natural look that reflects light much like a natural tooth.
Dental veneers are a very thin layer of ceramic material that is bonded to the front of the teeth to repair chips, stains or cracks. Veneers can be made from a variety of material but porcelain veneers are most popular. Dr. Mize will discuss which would be the best alternative for you.
Whitening and Veneers
Teeth whitening systems can easily and effectively remove years of stains from coffee, tea, tobacco, and other products, giving you a whiter, brighter smile. Dr. Mize takes the time to make sure you are comfortable throughout the treatment and that the result is a natural looking, healthy smile.
CEREC Tooth Restoration
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a new technology which allows dentists to reconstruct patients teeth that have been damaged. First, a photograph of the patient's tooth is taken using 3D imaging software. Then the tooth is digitally rebuilt to what it used to look like. Then the photographed tooth is rendered as a three dimensional digital model using the CEREC software which is used to approximate the restoration shape using biogeneric comparisons to surrounding teeth. The practitioner then refines that model using 3D CAD software. When the model is complete a milling machine carves the actual restoration out of a ceramic block using diamond head cutters under computer control. When complete, the restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin.
Extractions, Implants and Orthodontics
Dr. Mize also provides services for extractions, implants and orthodontics. Our orthodontics use Clear Correct and Six Month Smiles. Please call for more information or ask the receptionist when you visit.
General Dentistry - continued
We recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months and a routine examination at least once a year. During your first visit, Dr. Mize will conduct a comprehensive dental exam which will include:
- Examination of x-rays to determine tooth and root positions as well as any cysts or bone loss.
- Examination for gum disease and any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of any tooth decay and check any existing restorations.
- A check of the tongue, throat, face and neck to screen for oral cancer.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Good oral hygiene at home cannot remove all plaque from teeth, which can lead to tarter buildup and eventually dental disease. That is why we recommend a professional cleaning every 6 months. Your first visit will include both a dental exam and a professional dental cleaning by a Registered Dental Hygienists. The cleaning will include:
- Removal of plaque, which is a sticky, invisible film of bacteria, that forms over teeth. If not properly removed, it can lead to periodontal disease.
- Removal of tartar, which is hardened plaque that has attached to the surface of the tooth. Tartar can form above and below the gum line and can only be removed by a dental hygienist.
- A final polishing to remove any stains or remaining plaque.
Cavities and fillings
Cavities can develop quickly. Tooth decay can spread from one tooth to another, depending on the location and size of the tooth. Cavities can also form under crowns and under gums. Routine exams and x-rays can detect small cavities before they cause bigger problems.
When a tooth's nerve or pulp area becomes diseased or injured, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. A root canal is the process of removing the nerve from the root of an infected tooth. If a root canal is not performed, an infected tooth could form an abscess and the tooth could be lost. After the root is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed and a crown is placed over the tooth to strengthen it.